Launching the new Centennial Website SIGBI is launching a new Centennial website to celebrate 100 years of Soroptimist International ahead of 2021. Read about a Bright Past – the history of SI & SIGBI and look to celebrate a Brilliant Future of projects both locally & globally. The new website is based on designs and colours agreed by SI- Please visit the site and celebrate with Soroptimists around the world. https://sigbi.org/soroptimistcentenary2021/
Message from President Sue I am delighted to welcome you to the 85th Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland Conference. The venue for this exciting Conference is the Bournemouth International Conference Centre and will take place from 24th to 26thOctober 2019. The SIGBI Conference is a time to meet friends, old and new, and to listen to inspiring speakers who will reenergise you and add to your already positive enthusiasm as you continue to support and encourage women and girls to be the best they can be. It provides an opportunity to appreciate the wide variety of projects Clubs across our Federation support which have such a positive impact on the progress women and girls can make to their own lives and the lives of their families and communities. In attending Conference, you also have a say in the direction of our organisation through
The CEO of Eva Women’s Aid is Richinda Taylor, a member of SI Scarborough. EVA is also one of the charities the club supports. In May, several members visited the new safe house in Cleveland. evawomensaid.org.uk
On Friday, May 10th 2019, SI Yorkshire were proud to be sponsors of the fist Yorkshire Women’s Awards. yorkshirewomenvolunteerawards.com Members from several SI Yorkshire clubs, enjoyed an inspiring event hosted by TV presenter, Christa Ackroyd Sue Williams of SI Harrogate &bDistrict was nominated in a Community Award catagory. SI Harrogate & District won the Corporate Award for the work with Contact the Elderly. SI Yorkshire sponsored the Youth Award.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th, SI Scarborough celebrated 80 years since they were chartered in June 1939. On Saturday, the joint President, Janine Maw sang with her choir from Malton, the Harmonia choir. The Deputy Mayoress, Councillor Roberta Swiers, attended, along with the SIGBI Federation President, Sue Williams from SI Paisley. The choir sung a wonderful variety of music. There were also songs from a four woman acapella group and Janine sang a beautiful duet with her husband Neville, who also sang a few solos. A delicious and plentiful buffet was provided by the club in the interval. On Sunday, a Charter Lunch was held at the Palm Court Hotel. SIGBI Federation President, Sue Willaims attended with Mayor Hazel Lynskey and her son. Four Long Service awards were presented to Jennie Capstick, Aileen Fisher, Helen Hyams and Ann Jones. Club members attended
A member of SI Scarborough, Lisa R Davies, attended a SIGBI Conference for the first time in Liverpool 2018. She felt moved to write to the SI Yorkshire President on her experience. As Lisa was a newest member of SI Yorkshire to attend Conference and as such, she had won a gift of her ticket, donated by SI Leeds. My first Soroptimist conference was fantastic! It motivated me both as a Soroptimist and individual. To be with women who are all working towards a better world is amazing! Each are confident, happy within themselves and want all women to be so. Positive energy filled the air and its accepted that its ok to fail just get up and get on. We learn, we can do, and we can positively empower, educate, and enable ourselves and others! I enjoyed the respect for each other as their
Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer service organisation. Once a year on International Evening, we celebrate and remember our International connections. This year we were thrilled to welcome two new members, Janet and Shelley Goynich both with strong International Connections. The Mayor and Mayoress of Scarborough, Joe and Margaret Plant, helped us celebrate and we enjoyed an buffet with an International flavour. Even the raffle prizes originated outside the UK.
I have been in Liverpool, attending the annual conference for Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland. www.sigbi.org. ‘Women inspiring action, transforming lives.’ There were inspirational speakers, who have worked their way through the most challenging of circumstances. Reports were presented by some of the three hundred and fifty clubs, about the educating, empowering and enabling work Soroptimist volunteers have achieved around UK and the world. Projects which are only a drop in the ocean of Poverty, Loneliness, Slavery, Abuse, Genital Mutilation, Human Trafficking, Imprisonment, Hunger, Hygiene, Disease and Education. Returning home I found that the fridge freezer had broken down with resulting problems, my husband’s smartphone had broken, the car repair bill was massive and Christmas is just around the corner. My husband became a little ’Dad’s Army’, along the lines of, “We’re all doomed.’ I stopped him and said, “I’ve just spent three days